A decade on from its revival, it has been unclear whether Volkswagen
would ever build successor to the New Beetle
. After all, how do follow up such an iconic retro shape? It now appears that Volkswagen may not only build a new New Beetle, but also expand the lineup into a mini-brand of its own. The sixth-generation Golf
is set to debut in 2009 and its platform could be the basis for the next New Bug around 2010-11. Motor Trend is even speculating that it might be available with a hybrid
powertrain. Based on the success of unique-looking hybrids like the Prius
, a hybrid-only Beetle
would actually make sense from a marketing perspective. A second potential vehicle could be a bug-shaped car based on the up!
concept that debuted last year. Recent rumors
had the production up! switching from the concept's rear-engine layout to a more conventional front-engine, front-drive setup. If they do keep the engine out back, a Beetle based on this platform truly would be a successor to the original.